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Samuel Pack Elliott
9 August 1944, Sacramento, California, USA
6' 2"
Tall, thin, wiry Sam Elliott is the classic picture of the American cowboy. Elliott began his acting career on the stage and his film debut was in _Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)_ (qv). Although his future wife, 'Katharine Ross (I)' (qv) co-starred in the film, the two did not meet until they filmed _The Legacy (1978)_ (qv) Together. Over the years there would be few opportunities to act in feature westerns, but it would be television that gave him that opportunity, in _The Sacketts (1979) (TV)_ (qv), _The Shadow Riders (1982) (TV)_ (qv) and _"The Yellow Rose" (1983)_ (qv), among others. He would also work in non-westerns, usually as a tough guy, as in _Lifeguard (1976/I)_ (qv) and _Road House (1989)_ (qv). In the 1990s, Elliott was back on the western trail, playing everyone from Brig. Gen. John Buford in the film _Gettysburg (1993)_ (qv) to Wild Bill Hickok in the made-for-TV movie _Buffalo Girls (1995) (TV)_ (qv). In 1991 he wrote the screenplay and co-starred with his wife in the made-for-TV western _Conagher (1991) (TV)_ (qv).
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-   'Katharine Ross (I)' (qv) (1 May 1984 - present); 1 child


-   His deep commanding voice

-   Frequently plays cowboys

-   Often plays guides or mentors to lead characters

-   Thick mustache

-   Grey hair

-   His hairy chest, frequently displayed in his movie and TV appearances until he was in his early 50s.


-   1976: Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28.

-   His bare-buns scene in _The Legacy (1978)_ (qv) earned the highest rating (3 stars) from "The Bare Facts" -- a printed guide to nudity in movies.

-   In his book, "Shirtless! The Hollywood Male Physique", Donald Reuter refers to Elliott as a "super bod" and gives him a full-page color photograph from his 1976 movie, _Lifeguard (1976/I)_ (qv).

-   9/17/84: Daughter with 'Katharine Ross (I)' (qv), Cleo Rose Elliott, born.

-   Illness forced him to drop out of the 1982 TV-movie, _The Ambush Murders (1982) (TV)_ (qv). He was replaced by 'James Brolin' (qv).

-   He is an alumnus of Clark College in Vancouver, WA.

-   For his role on _Tombstone (1993)_ (qv), he worked with renowned Hollywood Gun Coach 'Thell Reed' (qv), who has also trained such actors as: 'Val Kilmer' (qv), 'Kurt Russell (I)' (qv), 'Bill Paxton' (qv), 'Girard Swan' (qv), 'Leonardo DiCaprio' (qv) and 'Russell Crowe' (qv).

-   His character in _Hulk (2003)_ (qv), Gen. Ross, wore a combat patch for the 1st Cavalry Division. In _We Were Soldiers (2002)_ (qv), he played Sgt. Maj. Plumley of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, part of the 1st Cav Div.

-   Had not read any of the 'His Dark Materials' books, before he was asked to take the role as Lee Scoresby, in _The Golden Compass (2007)_ (qv). He chose first to read the books by 'Philip Pullman' (qv), and then to read the film's script.

-   After portraying General Ross in _Hulk (2003)_ (qv) he wanted to reprise the role in the reboot _The Incredible Hulk (2008)_ (qv), but the part was given to 'William Hurt' (qv).

-   Used his own Winchester 1894 rifle in _Thank You for Smoking (2005)_ (qv).

-   He was age 39 and 'Katharine Ross (I)' (qv) was age 44 when they married. It was his first marriage, while it was her fifth.


-   1998: TV commercials (voiceover) for Ford Trucks.

-   1999-: TV commercials (voiceover) for U.S. Beef Council.

-   TV commercials (voiceover) for Chevy trucks.

-   TV commercial (voiceover) for Union Pacific Railroad.

-   2006: TV commercial (voiceover) for IBM.

-   (June 6, 2008) Voiceover work for Coor's Beer on TV.

-   (Aug 2008) Voiceover work TV for SmokeyBear ad on TV

-   (June 2009) Voiceover on TV for Coleman camping gear.

-   (2010) TV commercial (Voiceover) for Dodge Ram pickup trucks for "Motor Trend Mag 2010 truck of the year".

-   (February 2012) TV commercial for 2012 Dodge Ram Truck Month (voiceover).


-   [quoted in the December 1976 issue of "Playgirl"] I don't want to be known as a sex symbol. There's a great stigma that goes with that tag. I want to be a Sam Elliott.

-   I've spent my entire career on horseback or on a motorcycle. It boxes you in, the way people perceive you. I read a lot of scripts. Most of 'em go to other actors.

-   I think I might have been a more interesting actor, had more of a career earlier on, if I had more formal preparation. When I see something ten years later that I was in I think, "Boy, would I love to do that over."

-   I was really happy that 'Ang Lee' (qv) won the Best Director award, I got to know him very well on _Hulk (2003)_ (qv). But I'm not the _Brokeback Mountain (2005)_ (qv) crowd, what can I tell ya. I'm more of a purist. But at the same time, it's a new day.

-   I'm picky, very picky. I wanted to be an actor since I was nine years old and I figured that was only one way to ever have any longevity and that's to be careful about what kind of work you do. You can work for money, do a lot of whatever comes your way and not have any kind of a yardstick to measure quality by, and people, you know you'll make a lot of money if you're lucky, and people will get fed up and sick of seeing you and that's it onto the next one. - On his career choices.

-   {On his _Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)_ (qv) co-star 'Hugh Grant (I)' (qv)] I've never known anybody that can get away with the s

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-  t that Hugh Grant gets away with. And he gets away with it because he's so damn charming. He gets away with everything. I couldn't get away with the stuff he gets away with - I mean I wouldn't even try! Hugh Grant is the main man. He's the number one romantic comedy man in the world.


-   "Starlog" (USA), May 2008, Iss. 365, pg. 28-31, by: Ian Spelling, "The Classic Cowboy"

-   "ReadTheWest.com" (USA), February 2002, Vol. 4, Iss. 2, by: Taylor Fogarty, "SAM ELLIOTT Soldiers Up With Mel Gibson & the 7th Cavalry--In Vietnam"

-   "American Western Magazine" (USA), October 2001, Vol. 3, Iss. 10, by: Taylor Fogarty, "Sam Elliott Talks About THE OUTFIT"


-   "Movieline" (USA), August 1999, Vol. X, Iss. 11, pg. 16, by: Wolf Schneider, "Hype: Sam Elliott"


-   "Vanity Fair" (UK), April 2000, Vol. 1, Iss. 476, pg. 179, "The Prairie Lovers"

-   "Playboy" (USA), December 1976, Vol. 23, Iss. 12, pg. 188, by: Arthur Knight, "Sex Stars of 1976"

-   "Playboy" (USA), November 1976, Vol. 23, Iss. 11, pg. 145, by: Arthur Knight, "Sex In Cinema - 1976"


-   "Playgirl" (USA), October 1979

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Acting in movies by Elliott, Sam

  1. The Company You Keep (2012)
  2. "Robot Chicken" (2005) {Hurtled from a Helicopter Into a Speeding Train (#6.5)}
  3. Cowboys and Cosmopolitans: The Stars of 'Did You Hear About the Morgans' (2010) (V)
  4. For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (2010) (TV)
  5. Location, Location, Location: The Making of 'Did You Hear About the Morgans' (2010) (V)
  6. Marmaduke (2010)
  7. November Christmas (2010) (TV)
  8. The Big Bang (2010)
  9. Up in the Air (2009/I)
  10. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003) {(#6.50)}
  11. Ghost Rider (2007)
  12. The Golden Compass (2007)
  13. "HBO First Look" (1992) {The Golden Compass (#14.30)}
  14. "The View" (1997) {(2007-12-06)}
  15. Avenger (2006) (TV)
  16. Barnyard (2006)
  17. The Alibi (2006)
  18. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#2.120)}
  19. Thank You for Smoking (2005)
  20. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#1.50)}
  21. "Anatomy of a Scene" (2001) {Off the Map}
  22. Cher: The Farewell Tour (2003) (TV)
  23. Hulk (2003)
  24. Hulk: The Lowdown (2003) (TV)
  25. Off the Map (2003)
  26. Dobe and a Company of Heroes (2002) (TV)
  27. Filming 'Rush' (2002) (V)
  28. The Making of 'Tombstone' (2002) (V)
  29. We Were Soldiers (2002)
  30. We Were Soldiers: Getting It Right (2002) (V)
  31. "Intimate Portrait" (1993) {Joan Van Ark}
  32. Pretty When You Cry (2001)
  33. The Contender: The Making of a Political Thriller (2001) (V)
  34. Fail Safe (2000) (TV)
  35. The Contender (2000)
  36. You Know My Name (1999) (TV)
  37. Texarkana (1998) (TV)
  38. The Big Lebowski (1998)
  39. The Hi-Lo Country (1998)
  40. "Gomorron" (1992) {Om filmen 'The Big Lebowski'}
  41. Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (1997) (TV)
  42. Rough Riders (1997) (TV)
  43. Dog Watch (1996) (V)
  44. The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1996) (TV)
  45. The Final Cut (1996)
  46. Woman Undone (1996) (TV)
  47. Blue River (1995) (TV)
  48. Buffalo Girls (1995) (TV)
  49. The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) (TV)
  50. The Desperate Trail (1995) (V)
  51. The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky (1995) (TV)
  52. The Way West (1995) (TV)
  53. "Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater" (1987) {More Girls with Big Guns}
  54. Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert (1993) (TV)
  55. Gettysburg (1993)
  56. Roadhog: An MTV News Special Report (1993) (TV)
  57. The Making of 'Gettysburg' (1993) (V)
  58. Tombstone (1993)
  59. The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992) (TV)
  60. "One on One with John Tesh" (1991) {(#1.83)}
  61. Conagher (1991) (TV)
  62. Rush (1991)
  63. Sibling Rivalry (1990)
  64. The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1990) (TV)
  65. Prancer (1989)
  66. Road House (1989)
  67. "The Arsenio Hall Show" (1989) {(1989-11-15)}
  68. Shakedown (1988)
  69. The World's Greatest Stunts: A Tribute to Hollywood Stuntmen (1988) (TV)
  70. Fatal Beauty (1987)
  71. The Quick and the Dead (1987) (TV)
  72. Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986) (TV)
  73. The Blue Lightning (1986) (TV)
  74. Mask (1985)
  75. "A Death in California" (1985) {(#1.1)}
  76. "A Death in California" (1985) {(#1.2)}
  77. Travis McGee (1983) (TV)
  78. "The Yellow Rose" (1983) {A Question of Love (#1.9)}
  79. The Shadow Riders (1982) (TV)
  80. Murder in Texas (1981) (TV)
  81. "Wild Times" (1980) {(#1.1)}
  82. "Wild Times" (1980) {(#1.2)}
  83. The Sacketts (1979) (TV)
  84. The Legacy (1978)
  85. "Aspen" (1977)
  86. "Once an Eagle" (1976) {Part 6 (#1.6)}
  87. "Once an Eagle" (1976) {Part 7 (#1.7)}
  88. Lifeguard (1976/I)
  89. "Once an Eagle" (1976) {Part 1 (#1.1)}
  90. "Once an Eagle" (1976) {Part 2 (#1.2)}
  91. "Once an Eagle" (1976) {Part 3 (#1.3)}
  92. "Once an Eagle" (1976) {Part 4 (#1.4)}
  93. "Once an Eagle" (1976) {Part 5 (#1.5)}
  94. I Will Fight No More Forever (1975) (TV)
  95. "Police Woman" (1974) {Farewell, Mary Jane (#2.8)}
  96. Evel Knievel (1974) (TV)
  97. "Doc Elliot" (1973) {A Time to Live (#1.8)}
  98. "Hawaii Five-O" (1968) {The Two-Faced Corpse (#7.8)}
  99. "The Manhunter" (1974) {The Ma Gantry Gang (#1.1)}
  100. "The Streets of San Francisco" (1972) {The Hard Breed (#2.21)}
  101. The Blue Knight (1973) (TV)
  102. "Hawkins" (1973) {Die Die, Darling (#1.3)}
  103. "Mannix" (1967) {Little Girl Lost (#7.4)}
  104. Frogs (1972)
  105. Molly and Lawless John (1972)
  106. "Gunsmoke" (1955) {The Wedding (#17.24)}
  107. "The Mod Squad" (1968) {Good Times Are Just Memories (#5.7)}
  108. Assault on the Wayne (1971) (TV)
  109. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {Encore (#6.2)}
  110. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {Kitara (#5.20)}
  111. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {Takeover (#5.14)}
  112. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {The Catafalque (#5.19)}
  113. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {The Field (#5.17)}
  114. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {The Party (#5.22)}
  115. The Challenge (1970) (TV)
  116. The Games (1970)
  117. "Bracken's World" (1969) {Superstar (#1.19)}
  118. "Lancer" (1968) {Blue Skies for Willie Sharpe (#2.14)}
  119. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {Flight (#5.5)}
  120. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {Hunted (#5.10)}
  121. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {My Friend, My Enemy (#5.6)}
  122. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {The Amateur (#5.9)}
  123. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {The Hostage (#5.13)}
  124. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {The Innocent (#5.3)}
  125. "Mission: Impossible" (1966) {The Rebel (#5.11)}
  126. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  127. "Felony Squad" (1966) {Blind Terror (#3.16)}
  128. "Lancer" (1968) {Death Bait (#1.14)}
  129. "Lancer" (1968) {The Great Humbug (#1.20)}
  130. "Land of the Giants" (1968) {Six Hours to Live (#2.2)}
  131. "The F.B.I." (1965) {The Prey (#5.13)}
  132. "Felony Squad" (1966) {Kiss Me, Kill You (#3.5)}
  133. "Felony Squad" (1966) {The Fatal Hours (#3.9)}

Written by Elliott, Sam (I)

  1. Conagher (1991) (TV) (teleplay) <2,2,1>

Produced by Elliott, Sam (I)

  1. You Know My Name (1999) (TV) (executive producer)
  2. Conagher (1991) (TV) (producer)
  3. Houston: The Legend of Texas (1986) (TV) (associate producer) (uncredited)